Georgia’s Carry Act Gets National Attention

April 23, 2014 13:00 pm

by Scarlet Hawk · 7 comments

Well look at that.  Georgia made national headlines for our comprehensive carry bill in Time.  The article is below the fold.  While the article does little to explain anything about the bill, it is always interesting (at least to me) how Georgia is positioned in national headlines.  Forbes identified us as the 22nd best place for business and careers in 2013.  I wonder how this affects our rankings in regards to people willing to live and work in the state, open local businesses (including bars), and I will be interested to see how this affects our crime rate in the future.

Critics call the far-reaching legislation allowing guns in bars, schools and churches the “Guns Everywhere Act,” but supporters say it restores Second Amendment rights

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will sign into law Wednesday radical newgun legislation that will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including government buildings, bars, and a wide variety of public places.

The law, called the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” allows churches to “opt-in” to permit weapons, school districts to appoint staff carrying firearms, and requires bars to opt out if they wish to ban firearms, NBC reports. Gun owners caught at airport security checkpoints can pick up their weapons and leave with no criminal penalty.

Critics have called the new legislation the “Guns Everywhere Bill,” and gun control groups including Americans for Responsible Solutions and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have strongly criticized the bill, as has the executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Frank Rotondo. “Police officers do not want more people carrying guns on the street,” said Rotondo, “particularly police officers in inner city areas.”

Proponents of the law say, however, that it strengthens the Second Amendment and will make people safer. “When we limit a Georgian’s ability to carry a weapon — to defend themselves — we’re empowering the bad guys,” said Georgia state Rep. Rick Jasperse, who introduced the bill.

Eight states have loosened gun regulations since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. in December 2012, while 10 states have strengthened regulations, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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TheEiger April 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Well we have seen what just banning guns everywhere does. Absolutely nothing. Here is a great article on the number of murders in Chicago. The city with some of the nations strongest anti-gun laws.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2014/04/22/killings-in-chicago-defy-anti-gun-gimmicks/

I also want to point out once again that the “Guns Everywhere Bill” does not allow everyone to carry anywhere. It allows non felons who have gone through the process to become a concealed carry permit holder to carry in more locations.

Jon Lester April 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm

What’s crazy to me is the expectation many have that the “NRA Democrat” will actually govern as a progressive. Sure, he’ll run on taking federal funds to expand Medicaid, but I doubt if he really wants to find himself with a big unfunded mandate when it’s time to run for another term. Otherwise, it’ll be Roy Barnes all over again.

CJBear71 April 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I just wonder if bars and restaurants that serve alcohol start complaining…. about liability insurnace. If it’s bad, you may see “Weapons not allowed on the premises” everywhere on restaurant and bar doors and entrances, and a spike in liability insurance premiums. I wonder if is going to be a hidden tax on business based on increased risk.

Ellynn April 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Let’s see what happens when school boards have to renew their insurance policies.

Jackster April 24, 2014 at 8:53 am

I would have liked to see the Gov do the signing at GT or GSU, where there is a legitimate climate for a student to protect themselves.

Guns everywhere is about as accurate as upholding 2nd amendment rights.

It’s election year fodder.

Dave Bearse April 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Why go to a bill-signing on campus when you can’t carry?

Harry April 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm

It would be instructive for next year’s session.